Raptor Ridge Winery
In the Vineyard
The grapes for our 2011 Tempranillo were sourced from the warmer climes of Southern Oregon’s Rogue River Valley. Folin Vineyard is situated at high elevation (about 2000’) where evening coolness helps “temper” against Sothern Oregon’s heat-filled days. We harvested Oct 14 with fruit chemistry of 22.6 Brix, pH 3.76, and TA 4.8.
At the Winery
Grapes were 100% destemmed and cold soaked for five days, then inoculated with yeast strains UR 43 and BRL 97. A 17-day ferment took place before pressing off skins and allowing the juice to settle in tank for two more days. After settling, the wine was racked into 27% new French oak barrels produced by Deferrari, Ermitage, and Remond for nine months.
At the Table
Our first vintage from Folin, this wine demonstrates the elegance and finesse this Spanish varietal achieves when unencumbered by excessive over-ripeness or manipulation. Good, dark ruby color with a beautiful nose of crushed blackberry, marionberry and bright, fresh fruit: candied cherry with orange peel marry with a touch of rose petal. With a very focused entry on the palate, the wine gives way to earth, and a purity of fruit expression lingering on the palate. Blackberry and marionberry flavors dominate, followed up with mole spiciness. Rich tannins give this wine texture and a velvety mouthfeel reminiscent of Tempranillo-based wines of the Rioja. With a great balance of fruit, tannin and acidity this wine is enjoyable now, yet the balance promises an even greater reward for those who can cellar a bottle or two!
This wine would sing alongside dishes with mole, a little spice, and a little smoke.